A novel by Albert L. Dulin
The Heartwing Story
Billie Hardwicke, privileged and rudderless, is growing into womanhood right before America enters the Second World War. When a chance meeting with an Army pilot shakes things up a bit, Billie is sure she has found her life’s calling. She will fly.
Fast forward to the present: Ex-journalist Jim Blackburn, divorced, a recovering alcoholic and also without direction, has a chance meeting with an elderly Billie Hardwicke at an airport overlook. When he hears the old woman begin to tell her amazing life story, Jim knows he will need to tell the world about her accomplishments before time runs out on them both.
Flashing back and forth in time we learn how young Billie strives to earn her wings flying for the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the WASPs. She navigates the confusing world of love and her own sexuality. There is danger in the air, but even more on the ground; between male-dominated Army rules, secret romantic trysts which threaten her career and a malevolent drug lord who holds her life captive, Billie will have to lie, cheat and steal. Even to kill.